Now that the dust has settled on our recent Spring Glebe Tasting Trek, as part of Village Food Adventures for Good Food Month, we can tell you all about it!
We felt very honored to have Clover's new Councillor Jess Scully launching the Trek at Staves Brewery. Jess welcomed everyone and spoke about her excitementof the different cuisines and events on offer for this year's Good Food Month festival. Despite a rainy start, with heavy traffic preventing a few guests from arriving on time, thankfully everything went smoothly for the rest of the evening.
We cheated a little with our first two groups leaving in a Go Get and Uber to ensure we reached our furthermost venues Alfie & Hetty and Timbah in good time. Obeying the first rule of good restaurant etiquette: be on time!
My group was made-up of a crew of lovely young things who work for Woolworths in their innovative food department. Primarily food chemists & chefs this crew really knew their flavours and appreciated a good wine list. Their boss had shouted them the tickets as a reward after a day at an innovation workshop. Nice guy! Our other guests were a group of friends from Dural who saw the event in the GFM Guide and thought it sounded fun.
Timbah wine bar is often called the hidden gem of Glebe Point Rd, nestled down the hill behind Glebe Liquor. Designed in a contemporary style with a unique use of rope to divide the cosy spaces and decorated with local artwork, including a few Reg Mombasa pieces. This bar is a treat for both the minimalist aesthetic and quirky wine list lover. Timbah also specialise in bush tucker on their short but good menu. Our fried chicken (TFC) with bush seasoning was crisp on the outside and soft & tender inside, complimented by a side of chipotle mayo .
Alfie & Hetty who serve Australian contemporary with a French twist menu, welcomed us into their grand old terrace next. We were seated in the upstairs bar & dining room area which carries the grandeur of a Creole princesses boudoir. Featuring heavy chandeliers and distressed walls with multiple mirrors over multiple fireplaces .
The menus salt & pepper squid was light and moreish - I ate way too many pieces - with a light spicy touch that titillated the tongue. Paired with a crisp white wine it was a nice way to continue our tasting escapade.
Next stop was Flying Fajita Sistas - a completely different style of Mexican from the usual expectation both in room design and menu. A slicked back look of black & white with touches of fun colour in the tortilla woven gloves and the artwork outdoors on the way to the courtyard garden. Vintage Mexican movie themed posters line the walls of the bathrooms
We LOVED the Banana & Chocolate Chimichanga accompanied by our choice of dessert flavoured tequila. We tried the Hibiscus and it was amazing! So light & delicate. Some of the other guests went for the chocolate flavour and said it was also a good match with the dessert dish.
Finally we all enjoyed a Mexican feast in the courtyard at Baja Cantina. Serenaded by the dreamy Victor on harp & guitar - a regular performer at the venue. That man can play anything! The food was tasty & filling which sometimes created a problem if you still had a few courses to go.Apparently some groups indulged in tequila shots all round but we stuck to the margaritas.
Our photographer Zoe Rollings captured all the action. and we are sure you will agree the images have a very different mood from our first trek. It's amazing how the differing atmospheres of the dining rooms change the vibe.
Thanks to all the participating restaurants, great guests, gracious guides and the team glebe.com.au for making it such a wonderful night.